This product is crap.
Thankfully, it's only 3 dollar crap, so the fact that I bought something useless doesn't hurt my pocketbook quite so badly. ELF can be a really good brand - there's a blush/bronzer combo they make where the blush is a dupe of NARS Orgasm, and is my go-to blush - so I kinda decided to throw $3 of caution to the wind.
My lips are unfortunately quite thin, which means that I can't get anything to stay on me. I talk lipstick off incredibly fast, and if I put some on before a meal, it's pretty much a waste. I don't even consider buying regular lipstick anymore because of this. I've been trying all the 8, 12, and 24-hour products for years, and nothing sticks longer than 30 minutes. I'm about down to wondering if I can get some berry-colored latex paint. So, both the primer and the plumper were worth trying.
On one end of this product is the lip plumper. Well, it says "lip plumper". It did nothing for me. It goes on clear, and the only difference I noticed was that, for some reason, they decided to make it cinnamon scented.
Now, I'm not totally against that scent. In fact, my mother taught me a long time ago that a cheap trick to make your house smell warm and comfy during the holidays is to put a pot of water on simmer and put one (JUST one) stick of cinnamon in it. But this? You know how stores stock up on cinnamon brooms near Thanksgiving, and they all put it in the same area, and it feels like you've been whacked in the face by capslock!CINNAMON!?
Yeah. Whoever thought adding that scent that strongly to a lip plumper needs their head examined.
The other has a "lip primer" on it. This is not a primer. This is repurposed undereye concealer. It's overly thick, the washed-out, yellowish color picks up every flaw your lips might have (woe to anyone whose lips are dry that day), and it completely affects any color you put on it. After putting it and then lipstick on, I looked exactly like someone who had just slathered concealer on my mouth and THEN put lipstick on top of it.
Save your $3 for a better product.
I bought this specifically with the plumper in mind. The primer, to me, was just an added bonus. The five lippies are only for the plumper--I don't use the primer very often, and I explain why below.
The plumper is clear and has a very strong cinnamon scent. It's very moisturizing and somewhat thick, but not sticky. In order to get the most of the plumping action, I first exfoliate my lips very well and then immediately apply the plumper. Yes, it's going to sting, most every plumper on the market will sting. That's how it makes your lips plump. It irritates your lips, your lips swell up, and there you go. Yes, it will make your lips temporarily more red/pigmented. That, again, is because your lips are irritated. Don't buy a lip plumper and expect it to not sting, unless it's specifically advertised as being pain-free. (And if it does, I personally would question just how well that plumper would work.)
Both the redness and the plumping action are temporary--the redness goes away within minutes, the plumping within about an hour for me. Not very long-lasting, but I didn't expect it to last long anyway.
It definitely works for me. I can see results quite clearly, and they're results I like.
Now, the primer is a different story. I've only used it a few times when I don't have a lipliner that I need. It's a very pale, yellow-toned colour and the formula of mine was horrible. I have to practically drag it onto my lips. I don't find that it makes my lipstick last any longer, and it doesn't stop feathering.
The instructions say to first apply the primer and then the plumper, but the few times that I've applied the primer, I use the plumper first. I find that it helps the primer go on a bit more smoothly--and yes, I realize that that might be affecting my results with the primer. Maybe if I use the primer first, then the plumper, the primer would actually work. But I really don't need the primer anyway.
I would love it if E.L.F released just this formula as a stand-alone plumper.
I recommend this, but as is obvious from former reviews, your results will vary.
Primer barely helps. I read the reviews that claim the plumper burns and figured those people were just babies. Omg the plumper hurt my lips so bad. I had a red ring around them and they weren't even plumped. I had to wipe it off after five minutes.
I gave this product 2 lippies for the "primer" side only. It is an ok primer, not great but not awful. I don't think it makes my lipstick last that much longer but it does fill in the lines on my lips and make them look really smooth. My lipstick definitely looks prettier with this under it.
Now for the "plumper" side.....as some one else mentioned this burned the hell out of my lips. Like Oh. My. Goodness. Seriously painful. It definitely made my lips plump but not in a good way...they were swollen from the irritation and it looked more like I was punched in the mouth! It straight up smells like Big Red chewing gum, so no wonder. All that burning and tingling is not helpful to making lips look younger.
At least this is cheap. Now I know, and I will not repurchase. I would rather stick to chapstick under my lipstick
Didn't work for me. My lips still flaked. The primer is a nude color so it's like a concealer. And I'm not a fan of cinnamon so I don't like the plumper
Hmm...I didn't really care for the lip primer in particular but it did work to a degree. I think my problem with it is the consistency. Like some reviewers noted, it is quite thick like a concealer and I had to blend it with my finger to mute it out a bit. The plumper has a cinnamon gum smell and tingles my lips when applied. It did make my lips look a little plump than usual but also made my lips feel a bit uncomfortable as it sank in, but then again I have used other lip plumper products that gave the same sensations and some even burned. This was tolerable for me. It is an OK product and it was three dollars so I don't feel like I wasted my money. I'm not sure if I would repurchase.
This was one of my first ELF products. The plumper which really isn't a huge "Plumping" product provides a great base for your lipsticks. The primer side is really more of a base product that I would not use with my lighter or more nude lipsticks because it will show through. However using it when I need to re-definine my lip line is great and my color doesn't budge for several hours. This works really well when you use the lip lock product.
Ladies if you are sensitive or don't like the tingle part of plumpers I would pass this one by. It can be intense for someone more sensitive. Also so you don't get the cakey effect exfoliation should be done before adding any high or heavy color product.
This is one along with my ELF exfoliator stays in my bag. It's great for touch ups or if your making it a long day and need a pick up for the evening.
Good product! The lip plumper side broke off so it just kinda sits there I use it once in awhile but the other side is a miracle worker!! It has a chalky feel to it but let it simmer on ur lips for about 5 mins. Over line ur lips too it helps keep ur lipstick on all day!! Wipe off after it kinda absorbs into the lips n apply lipstick. Seriously this stuff is great.
This stuff is just straight-up gross. The primer side smells weird and has the consistency of a thick...concealer...? Saying that is almost an insult to concealers. The plumper also has a strong smell, although it's a tad more pleasant, but even dabbing it on your lips results in an automatic burning sensation. I've tried my share of nicer lip plumpers, and let me just say that this is not standard. A slight tingle, sure - but a full fledged burn? Not so much. Keep your dollar and go elsewhere.
I bought this 3$ product just because of the plumping side. However, decided to try out the priming side too. The plumping side smells STRONG like cinnamon, and burns the hell out of your lips. Although, the burning only lasts for about a minute and then it's done. And I noticed slightly fuller lips, so it worked in that aspect. But the primer? It's disgusting, it feels like you're just putting a really heavy concealer on your lips. It settles into the creases and smears off your lipstick, don't use it. However, it you want just a plumper, this product is the best "drug store" plumper that I've found, and I've tried a few.